March 15, 2019

The Back Page: Saving the Night Sky

Jonathan P. Scoll

Around 4:30 a.m. on January 17, 1994, Los Angeles residents were jolted awake by the 6.7-magnitude Northridge earthquake. With the power grid down, 911 calls streamed in, reporting a strange silvery cloud that frightened callers had never seen before in the night sky. It was the Milky Way.

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